Was this the best Crowley episode ever? If not, it was close.
Crowley has been way too evil for me the past couple of seasons, and the idea that even the King of Hell could be redeemed is just fun. They've softened him, but they haven't defanged the banter at all. I'm a Mark Sheppard fan and I'm so pleased that they're giving him such great stuff to do. I kept expecting him to turn on Dean and Castiel, especially when they left him alone with the torturee (have we learned nothing after Abaddon got away last season, boys?) but I loved that Crowley kept his word and saved Sam in his own inimitable Crowley way.
I absolutely do not blame Sam for reaching a breaking point and telling Dean he'd had enough. But at the same time, I completely understand why Dean lied to Sam. Dean simply cannot deal with Sam dying. We know this. We've been down this road many times. And Sam knows it, too. Did he really think Dean would just let him die?
So it's just Dean and his ph... Impala now. Usually when the boys reach a breaking point in their relationship, they separate for one episode. Maybe two. Perhaps it will be longer this time.
Until now, I was thinking Gadreel might not be evil, after all, but no -- he's all about the power and the payback and being Metatron's second in command. Killing his BFF, a decent angel who just wanted to live quietly with his adopted family? Despicable. Plus there's that "he ruined the universe" thing. At least we're getting more of Tahmoh Penikett, and yay for that.
The NSA has been infiltrated by Hell. Of course it has. Cecily was fun, sort of like a perky, dark-haired, evil Veronica Mars, and she was digging the Winchesters and Castiel, a.k.a. Captain Sexy. Too bad she's gone already. Abaddon loses her temper too easily, while Crowley sat patiently in a dark room for what seemed to be a long time. Crowley is also able to work with angels and Winchesters. He even tried to work with leviathans. In an Abaddon/Crowley showdown, I'm betting on Crowley. And that's nothing against Alaina Huffman, who is doing a great job with the part.
Bits and pieces:
-- A Viking funeral for poor Kevin. And no new prophet will be called. You'd think God would have to be the one to flip the switch. It doesn't seem right that Metatron can do it.
-- The Castiel trenchcoat is back! And I was so enjoying the convenience store smock. At least he ditched the tie.
-- I was happy that Sam didn't have to endure the Alfie torture experience that Gadreel did. Sam has been through enough.
-- There is something so funny about the boys walking into the dungeon and still finding Crowley sitting there patiently. It happened a number of times and it made me smile, every time. Although I guess that's over for now.
-- Dog bowl of blood. Sort of funny, but only because we didn't see the poor little furry guy getting his throat cut. Maybe it was take-out blood.
-- I'm sort of sorry we didn't get the ghouls and cheerleaders adventure.
-- This week: the bunker in Lebanon; Somerset, Pennsylvania; and where else?
-- Sam's hair is starting to ringlet. Maybe it's time for a trim.
Crowley: "The poor giant baby's in trouble again, isn't he?"
Crowley: "Your phallus on wheels just ran a red light in Somerset, Pennsylvania ten minutes ago."
Dean: "Welcome to the party, pal."
That's from Die Hard, isn't it?
Crowley: "Laverne! Shirley! Get in here!"
Which was which?
Dean: "A demon and an angel walk into my brother. Sounds like a bad joke."
Plus an angel and a demon get into the back seat of a car. Not that it hasn't happened before.
Really enjoyed this one. Three out of four ph... moving right along,
Billie Doux is the founder of Doux Reviews and has been reviewing her favorite shows for quite some time. More Billie Doux.
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